Cholesterol – the good, the bad and the risk for heart disease
Is truly the ratio of total cholesterol and HDL the most effective way to determine our risk for heart disease? Shouldn’t there be another factor we need to consider?
Cholesterol circulates through our body with the help of carriers.
There carriers are called lipoproteins*.
(*consisting of lipo = fat & proteins, hence the name).
Two different lipoproteins carry cholesterol from cell to cell:
- LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
- HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
And, as you know, LDL and HDL can be tested via blood test. I’m sure you might even know your LDL and HDL levels.
But what do they mean and can we really just look at HDL and assume we are protected (in case of high HDL levels) from cardiovascular disease risk?